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Subtle changes after just five workouts

Susan McCreath on a tour of the CORE Athletic Performance gym.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED January 22, 2014 1:14 a.m.

By the end of her first workout at CORE Athletic Performance, Susan McCreath thought she might be sick in the parking lot.

And then again in her car.

“I was exhausted and tired driving home,” she wrote in her weekly journal, “and was pretty sure I was going to lose my Taco Bell.”

By Wednesday, the 55-year-old mother of four’s body ached – from head to pinky toe.

Friday’s workout was “a killer,” she said without a hint of sarcasm. But by the end of the week, McCreath’s confidence had been restored.

The Year of You participant said she could feel subtle changes in her body and mannerisms after just five workouts with trainer Robert Iniguez, and she’s hungry for more.

“It was more challenging than anything I’ve ever done said,” said McCreath, who was selected by The Bulletin and CORE to participate in this year-long fitness journey.

“To me, it was a mental battle; telling myself I should be able to do these things, but physically not being able to do them. On the other hand, I was able to do things I didn’t think I’d be able to do … like jumping onto the tire.”

It was week of breakthroughs and struggle for the vice principal at Lincoln and French Camp elementary schools. Once an elite volleyball player at San Jose State, McCreath let her fitness and physical shape slide as she took on the responsibilities of wife and mother, teacher and administrator.

The road back began with a series of bootcamps and classes last week at CORE, located at 1199 Vanderbilt Circle in Manteca’s Industrial Park. Iniguez praised McCreath for her commitment, though her body begged for comfy pants and the comfort of the couch.

“It’s hard to battle through the soreness,” he said. “Your body is hurting and it’s hard to forget about all that pain and push through.”

McCreath found support from other CORE members, particularly those that have been with Iniguez from the start. Of her five workouts, four were in a class setting.

“I do like working with the group. It’s more motivating,” she said. “It distracts you from your own heavy breathing seeing other people facing the same battles. You know you’re not in it alone.”

Perhaps McCreath’s biggest gain in the Week 1 of the year-long fitness experience was her nutrition. Using a guide provided by Iniguez, McCreath plotted out all of her meals, steering clear of drive-thru restaurants.

She even prepped for a weekend getaway.

McCreath chauffeured her daughter Samantha to a volleyball tournament in San Jose. Instead of eating out, she brought a cooler of healthy snacks and meals.

That, she said, was a first for her.

“That’s different for me. That’s been the biggest change for me. The food preparation and taking my lunch to work, that’s where I’ve noticed a difference,” McCreath added. “This weekend being in San Jose, in the past I would have come with nothing. Now we’re walking out to the cooler to get my almonds and the food we brought with us.”

Iniguez is encouraged by the progress, noting that her strides mentally and emotionally are the most important right now.

In the coming days, he’ll sit down with McCreath to talk more in-depth about her nutrition. He wants to take her grocery shopping and observe her prepping meals.

“The physical changes will come, but they’ll be slow and subtle,” Iniguez said. “It’s going to be an inside thing before you see physical changes. The physical is such a slow process. I always tell my clients ‘Don’t be focused on how you look, but how you feel.”

One week in, McCreath is sore but optimistic. Read her thoughts and feelings about the first week HERE.

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